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The downtown Birmingham Public Library at 2100 Park Place will limit their hours for the next few weeks as they wait for the air conditioning system to be repaired. Source: WBRC video The downtown Birmingham Public Library at 2100 Park Place will limit their hours for the next few weeks as they wait for the air conditioning system to be repaired. Source: WBRC video
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BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) -

The downtown Birmingham Public Library is reducing their hours as they wait another six weeks for repairs to be made to the air conditioning system.

Library officials say the cold snap in January ruptured the air conditioner coil in the library's main air handler. A library spokesperson said the parts to repair it have been ordered and repairs will be scheduled once they arrive.

In the meantime, the downtown library at 2100 Park Place will open at 8 a.m. and close at 5 a.m. Monday through Saturday. It will be closed on Sundays.

In an effort to reduce heat in the building, access to the public computers will also be limited until the AC can be repaired.

The computers will only be available between 8 a.m. and 12 p.m. The library's free computer classes that are held Monday through Wednesday in the Linn-Henley Research Library have been suspended until further notice due to the needed AC repairs. Computer classes are still available at the Five Points West and Springville Road libraries.

"Our patrons and staff have been very understanding as we work through this difficult time,'' Angela Fisher Hall, the library system's associate director, said in a release. "Our goal is to remain open as long as we can while keeping our patrons and staff as comfortable as possible. Other city departments are working very closely with us to get the needed repairs completed in a timely manner.''

Some staff members have been assigned to other Birmingham locations temporarily. Officials say there are still events going on at the downtown library, including a Summer Reading program that kicks off on Monday, May 12.

The downtown library is the only location that is changing its hours; the other libraries are not affected. You can see all of the 18 locations at www.bplonline.org/locations.

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